Free Family Fun
'Tis the season to be jolly! So why not make a visit to the Main Library part of your downtown holiday tradition? Holiday activities, crafts, and performances by popular entertainers for the entire family to enjoy will take place in the Reading Garden Lounge of the Main Library on the first three Saturdays in December.
- Zak Morgan, Saturday, December 1, 1:00 p.m.
- CCM Tenor Will Reed, Saturday, December 1, 3:00 p.m.
- Madcap Puppets, Saturday, December 8, 2:00 p.m.
- Visit with the Little Golden Storybook Characters Scuffy the Tug Boat, Poky Little Puppy and the Saggy Baggy Elephant, Saturday, December 8, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
- David Kisor, Saturday, December 15, 2:00 p.m.
- Visit with the Library mascots "Rufus" and "Red", Adzooks Puppets, Saturday, December 15, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library and The Kersten Fund in partnership with Downtown Cincinnati Inc. and Cincinnati Family Magazine. Refreshments provided courtesy of Kroger. Park for $2.00/day at Garfield Garage, on 9th & Walnut.
Other Holiday Happenings
I Am a Bunny – copyright Richard Scarry, 1963
While you’re at the Main Library, enjoy plenty of other ways to keep your holiday spirit running high.
“Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books” Exhibit
See an extensive selection of original art from American publishing’s best-loved picture–book series, Little Golden Books. Organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas. “The Golden Legacy” will be on view in the Main Library Atrium and Children’s Learning Center through February 21.
“Peter G. Thomson Collection” Exhibit
Visit the Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room in the Main Library to explore the colorful wonderland of illustrations from books published by Peter G. Thomson of Cincinnati. The exhibit includes alphabet books and Mother Goose favorites that will dazzle the eye and spark the imagination. Revisit the childhood wonder of circuses and fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella through February 17.
The Library’s Storybook Trees
Trees decorated with storybook character ornaments hand-made by the Federated Garden Clubs of Cincinnati and Vicinity will be on view in the Reading Garden Lounge and Children’s Learning Center through January 2.
Ride the Holly Jolly Downtown Trolley
The Holly Jolly Trolley runs on Fridays and Saturdays (November 23-December 22) from noon to 5 p.m., courtesy of Downtown Cincinnati Inc. & the merchants at The Banks! Details about all the downtown holiday events are available on Downtown Cincinnati Inc's website.
Library Friends’ Shop
You’ll find a wide variety of unique gifts and holiday cards (including The Night Before Christmas boxed sets reprinted from the Library’s collection of John B. Geyser illustrations published by Peter G. Thomson in 1883) in the Friends Shop. Extended holiday shopping hours from November 25 through December 24.
The Library’s Christmas tree
Have Breakfast or Lunch at the S&J Café
Pastry Chefs Stefan Skirtz and Andrew Johnston offer a wide variety of yummy treats in the Main Library’s new S&J Café. The morning menu features breakfast sandwiches, bagels, assorted scones, yogurt, muffins and Danish. The lunch menu includes sandwiches and salads prepared onsite as well as daily soup specials. Fresh baked cookies, cupcakes, bars, and bread puddings are available all day. Beverages include a house blend coffee created by Coffee Emporium for Skirtz & Johnston, Churchill’s Teas, and a variety of cold drinks.
More Holiday Happenings at the Branches
And don't forget that you can also celebrate the holiday season by attending a fun program at your neighborhood branch library! Enjoy music, movies, and more. Try your hand at crafts ranging from cookie decorating to making ornaments to DIY cards. The complete schedule of upcoming programs and activities can be found in our online program calendar.
Holiday Books and More
The Library's collection has loads to titles to help you celebrate the holidays--from cooksbooks to do-it-yourself gift guides to cozy stories to read with your kids. Check out our Holiday Books list for staff recommendations.